Built 1955

Magnettes from chassis 4332 to 13256 built

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4660a
4660

KA A 13 4660
First reg. 26.01.1955

4742a
4742

KA J 13 4742

4776a
4776

KA _ 13 4776
Supplied and used around North Devon now based in Cornwall. The printed body no. excludes a colour reference (supplied in primer?) and was purchased by the current owners in the original cream paint, now re-sprayed twilight grey

5510a
5510

KA A 13 5510
Was for sale on ebay in September 2003. The owner inherited the car from his late brother and has decided it really wasn't what he wanted and therefore decided to sell it.

5684a
5684

KA A 13 5684
Seen on ebay in 8/2004

5794a
5794

KAE 13 5794
First registered 29.03.55 now belonging to Ronald Faulkner, living in Germany. The most special on this car is it's engine: it's a Diesel! Read more about it...

5911
5911

KA J 13 5911

5911 was registered in March 1955 and is an early ZA still with its metal top dashboard. This car has a 1622 gold seal engine with an MGA diff and is otherwise original including plate UHU59. Owned by Stephen Gell

6048a
6048

KA A 13 6048
Owned by Trevor Morris virtually one owner car and very original

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6423

KA A 13 6423
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

7214
7214

KA E 13 7214

 

7227a
7227

KA E 13 7227
Seen on ebay July 2009

7580
7580

KA E 13 7580

I have just acquired a 1955 ZA Magnette.It was on ebay described as an abandoned restoration project and whilst not quite a bare rolling shell it came with most parts detached - even the (MGB) engine and gearbox were just sitting on the cross members.I doubt that it has been driven for years.I must now audit the components and try and find any missing items - back to ebay !
The current (UK) registration plate is OSK 686, but this is not its original one.
 
The total mileage is recorded as 17546, but of course this could be 117546.  However the seats are hardly worn (the best preserved part of the car) so it just might be true.
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7627

KA A 13 7627
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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7628

KA A 13 7628
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

7814a
7814

KA A 13 7814
Andy Brocks ZA.

7846a
7846

KA A 13 7846
I purchased this car on the 4th December 201. The car is unbelievably solid underneath and all round and has escaped the ravages of time. Leather interior is all original and there are just 40800 genuine miles on the clock. Previous owner had a wire wheel conversion in the 80's and mounted a wood rimmed steering wheel ...no forgiveness for the steering wheel and I am in the process of converting back to an original wheel. Trafficators all work superbly and there are no flashing indicator lights. There has also been an alternator and negative earth conversion to which I will be reversing back to dynamo and positive earth.
David Holland

7889
7889

KA A 13 7889
The car has been extensively rebuilt over the years prior to me buying it and is fitted with an MGB engine, Ford gearbox and MGA front discs as well as being retrimmed and repainted. Derek Harris, Kent

8130a
8130

KA J 13 8130
The car was re built in 1998, it got a replacement body from South Africa. It also got a lager engine from 1422cc to 1622cc.

8327a
8327

KA J 13 8327
This ZA belangs to Grant Howlett  It was his grandfathers original car from new! First registered 18.06.1955 and like many others cars in twilight grey. The car spent most of it's life in England but also some years with Grant in Virginia, USA. More...

8387a
8387

KA E 23 8387
Registered to Nuffield Exports at Piccadilly first, then went through several hands, before I bought it a couple of years ago.
Has been standing for 10 Yrs.+ ( garaged ) Its in a poor condition, but about to start restoring. I think its going to be a while before I can get it back on the road.
John Robinson, North Nottinghamshire

8399a
8399

KA E 23 8399
Seen on ebay in 01/2008 unfinished restoration
Glasgow, Scotand

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8430

KA A 13 8430
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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8431

KA A 13 8431
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

8476a
8476

KA J 13 8476
This was a twilight grey with grey leather interior and red carpets Magnette of Trevor Jones. Scrapped.

8495a
8495

KA C 11 8495
This car once belonged to Malcolm Garret. After he passed away the car was bought by his friend Paul Hill, who names the car
 '''Malcolm Magnette''.

8530a
8530

KA J 13  8530
Seen on ebay in 9/2005

8533a
8533

KA C 13 8533
First registered 14 June 1955, now belonging to  John Weston-Smith, Stafford, UK

8595a
8595

KA E 13 8595
Peter Wallis just purchased this car. 559 FMH had not appear to have covered many miles since 1982. Just completed 500 miles from MG Motorsport to Lichfield and Goodwood Revival Meeting!!   9/2005

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8611

KA A 13 8611
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped

8632a
8632

KA E 13 8632
Andrew Fuller took this car over from his father.

8660a
8660

KA     8660

Seen on ebay in 03/2006

8778
8778

KA J 13 8778

Bought new from Mebes and Mebes Mill Hill by Mr Turnbull. Fitted with optional HMV valve radio at a cost of £39 5s 5d (which still works) and driven back to his home in Newcastle. He kept the car for the rest of his life, I believe it has covered less than 30000 miles and had some restoration work done in the late 80s, he sadly passed away in the mid 90s when his wife covered the car up in the garage and was not used again. I bought the car in May '14 and it is undergoing recommissioning work by me which is now nearly complete.
Ian Wastell

8780a
8780

KA J 13 8780
The car was bare shell restored in 1999.

8791a
8791

KA J 13 8791
Last MOT'd 2000. Not used since 2001. Has ZB power unit. Very well restored at some point (ie inner wing skins intact, front wings not welded to sills) but lost jacking pts & all chrome. Log lists it as a 1954 car with 1800 cc engine (both untrue) and the MSV registration does not make sense. Should be back on the road sometime in some guise later this year. Jeremy Woolley

8914
8914

KA J 13 8914

 The car has been off the road since 1974, but is very sound, currently being restored.
Michael Green.

8986a
8986

  KA A 13 8986
I have just purchased a black Magnette Registration number VMB149. The car is currently at the Shorten's works near Norwich, and they have confirmed that they are sure that the mileage is correct at 14,000!

9031a
9031

KA J 13 9031

1955 ZA Magnette owned (and restored) by Adrian Pinnock for over 20 years then owned by Peter Beresford who did extensive work on the engine now owned by myself, John Barringer, Harpenden, Hertfordshire.

9245a
9245

KA T 13 9245
Was for sale in 02/2005

9320a
9320

KA E 13 9320
Something special: This car has a 2.5ltr 16 valve tuned Mercedes engine giving 400bhp! Darren Brock's car was featured in Safety Fast! Januay 2006
Here's another report...

9409a
9409

KA C 13 9409
Seen on ebay in 11/2008

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9541

KA A 13 9541
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

9712a
9712

KA E 13 9712
A surprisingly rust-free, low milage example currently. Was fitted at some point in it's life with a slightly later 1489cc engine with mild overbore. Has a 5-speed 'box and mild competition/safety equipment for use on historic events, track days, etc.
Sylvester Earl Harvin

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9743

KA A 13 9743
Essex Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped reg. 506 EEV

9841a
9841

KA E 13 9841
Intersting colour scheme body/roof

10114
10114

KA C 13 10114

Acquired in January 2016, I am the third registered owner of SFD 355, the first having kept her for some 40 years and the second for 20 years. Currently undergoing some light restoration in all the usual areas

10191a
10191

KA G 13 10191
Built on 25. 11. 1955. Was on ebay in 12/2005

10263a
10263

KA J 13 10263
A beautiful restored ZA owned by the former Register's Registrar David Johnson.

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10280

KA A 13 10280
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped

10311
10311

KA A 13 10311

Maybe. 8 owners since 1988. Now David Norris' car.

10502a
10502

KA B 13 10502
4 previous owners. Mileage 61,000, believed genuine
John Rees, UK

10541
10541

KA B 13 10541
The car has had seven previous owners. Modifications include a 1950cc B series “Sprint” engine by Aldon Automotive Ltd, Twin 1 3/4" SU Carburettors, Derrington type free flow manifold and exhaust, MGB overdrive gearbox, uprated rear differential, seat belts, sun roof and a well dodgy varitone paint job!
Justin Mould

10557a
10557

KA L 13 10557

10627a
10627

KA A 13 10627
This particular car has had only two owners from new and has been in the current ownership since 1978. These upgrades include the fitment of a more powerful ZB engine; front disc brakes; Spax shock absorbers; halogen headlamps; indicators rather than trafficators; generator to alternator conversion and the fitment of a stainless steel exhaust.
It has also been fitted with a sophisticated Tracker anti-theft system with a lifetime subscription. So if it ever does get stolen, the police will always be able to find it via the magic of satellite tracking technology – whatever would Palmer have made of that!

10872a
10872

KA E 23 10872
I bought this car on ebay unseen and drove it from Newcastle to Sheffield without clutch hydraulics most of the way! My mission is to keep it running and to slowly improve it.

10900
10900

KA E 13 10900

10965a
10965

KA A 13 10965
One of Shorten's cars

11049a
11049

KA A 13 11049
Currently painted Jaguar Indigo Dark Blue and fitted with an MGB 1798 Engine No BP15GA/11285 and overdrive gear box. Known as "Puff the Magnette Dragon", he is in daily use with a rear baby seat fitted to transport our 21 month old son, Cameron. We use the car every day if possible as we strongly believe that they were all built to be used rather than kept in barns! Cara MacColl

11184a
11184

KA E 13 11184
Apparently sat for 30 years in underground car park in East London. Obtained by garage. No paperwork. Engine number on bulkhead differs (BP 15GA/10947). Registration mark  shows as RYP 457 but not registered at DVLA. Anyone have any knowledge of this car's real history? Needs restoration which I'm doing despite limited knowledge and inability to drive.Sue Hanson, Essex

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11233

KA A 13 11233
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

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11234

KA A 13 11234
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

11438a
11438

KA A 13 11438
Magnette with MGB 1950cc ENGINE, DISC BRAKES, ALTERNATOR, OILCOOLER, COIL OVER SHOCKS FRONT SUSPENSION, KONI REAR SUSPENSION
Bought in 2012 by Peter Guest, Farnborough (previously owned by Mike Bean)

11473a
11473

KA A 13 11473

11510a
11510

KA D 13 11510
It underwent a total restoration some years ago and is extremely sound and tidy although not concourse. Austin Graham, England

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11555

KA E 13 11555
David Page's ZA RAS 882 fitted with wire wheels, disc brakes and 1622 engine

11840
11840

KA A 13 11840

At last a photo of my car in the course of being made roadworthy again.
John Emery-Barker

11832a
11832

  KA D 13 11832

11948a
11948

KA E 13 11948
This car has only done 22600 miles from new and has spent the last 20 years in a container in the Welsh Valleys. Its grim but solid, apart from the usual lower door and wing corrosion.
Terry Drinkwater

11972
11972

KA E 13 11972

First reg. 1/DECEMBER/1955

12466a
12466

KA C 13 12466
It has done a genuine 27k miles from new. It was owned by a lady in Dorset most of its life and then went to Reading - that chap used it in Holland for a while before returning home - he sold it to his neighbour who in 1988 fitted 2 new floors and had the car resprayed/new brakes etc - his wife drove the car a few times and decided she didnt like it as the heater was not good enough ! So it was put in their garage and left there until my fiancee (Sara) bought the car for me. I have fallen in love with them both ! Gobby, Cornwall, UK

12583
12583

 KA B 13 12583

Now owned by Philip Thompson in Hampshire, it was completely restored 2016-2019 and is fitted with an Ivor Searle MGB engine/gearbox

12681a
12681

KA E 13 12681
Jeffrey Bridges's ZA just back on the road

12728a
12728

KA E 13 12728
Seen on ebay 5/2007

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12769

KA A 13 12769
Police car black/maroon prop. scrapped
picture taken from M.G.'s on patrol by Andrea Green, photo: Laurence McNally

12974a
12974

KA A 13 12974
Seen on ebay 9/2005

12995a
12995

KA A 13 12995
Car featured in  Popular Classics Feb. 1991. Is she still around?

13029a
13029

KA A 13 13029
Seen on ebay

13064
13064

KA J 13 13064
Seen on ebay January 2011, but now owned by Stephen Best in Durham, and in different paintwork. First Registered 23 March 1956. Believed to have had bare body restoration by John Shorten 1990-1992, and completely re-upholstered at that time. Fitted with 5-speed gearbox, disc brakes and servo

13084
13084

KA J 13 13084
John Blouet-Smits Magnette was first registered 09.01.1956

13180a
13180

KA B 13 13180
Ebay 07/2008: This car was rebuilt in Scotland, many years ago around 1985, driven for less than 1 year and then dry stored in a garage for the next 20 years. It came out of storage around 6 years ago and was put back on the road.

13188a
13188

KA B 13 13188
John Hale's "ZaZa". Believed to be sold to Japan.

13088
13088

 KAJ 13/13088

Owned in 2018 by Darshan Mukesh Sanghvi in Kolkata, India

4843a
4843

KA A 43 4843
This car was owned until mib 2010 by the first owner. Read the story....

4994a
4994

KA A 43 4994
'55 ZA rusting away in Loch Sheldrake N.Y.

5327a
5327

KA _ __ 5327
1955 ZA (veritoned) with Tin Top dash Owner - Paul and Stephie Rollins, Vancouver Washington, USA
Car has led a hard life, but is still very solid, and Paul will slowly bring it around as he's had another ZBV in the past.
Update: Installed MGB, 5-main, 1800 cc engine; Datsun 280ZX five-speed; 4.3:1 diff. Car is now a fabulous highway cruiser -- 70 mph is a breeze.

6537a
6537

KA J 43 6537
"Ziggy" belongs to Rich Mooers in the USA on Long Island/New York City. This picture was taken at the Limerock Vintage Festival 2001. The car was adopted from Mike Sarvas, who has the largst collection of MG models in the world.

6836
6836

KA J 43 6836
One of six Magnettes on a scrapyard in Arizona that were to be crushed at the end of July 2004

6990
6990

KA J 43 6990

Ken Beisser purchased her in 2010

7472a
7472

KA A 43 7472
ebay USA 9/2006

7558
7558

KA C 43 7558

7760a
7760

KA J 43 7760
The remains of a Magnette on Hawaii. Will start a new life as show car with frame and Chevy V8. More...

8008a
8008

KA E 43 8008
Seen on ebay in 9/2005

8020
8020

KA A 13 8020

Very original car owned by Steven Trovato.

8062a
8062

KA A 43 8062
I just bought it from the second owner, where it was sitting in a southern California driveway for  the last 18 years. No rust, and with a virtually perfect body. The soft parts are completely shot, but the original engine turns (it was supposedly parked for overheating). 99% complete. It is my intention to restore it to completely original, as this was the same year and type that my wife learned to drive as a teenager in the '60's. I do need a few parts and conversation with other ZA-ZB friends... leedavisone@comcast.net. Lee Davis, Albuquerque, New Mexico

9313a
9313

KA E 13 9313
Built 14- 18 July 1955, sold to first owner 29 July 1955. Has just undergone major rebuild, rewire and respray with current owner Paul Barrow..

11373
11373

KA A 41 11373

California

KAA13/11439
11439

KA A 13 11439

Now owned by Ray Holtzapple in Texas (previously owned by Jiim Basque)

11492a
11492

Unites States of America KA  E 43 11492
Rusting away in Firebaugh, CA, United States

12321a
12321

KA A 43 12321
Was for sale in 03/2004

12864a
12864

KA E 43 12864
ebay 9/2008:
1956 MG Magnette ZA This car was restored over 10 years ago. I bought this car from a MG dealer and I don't know much history except it was completely restored to a very nice level and then it sat out with a tarp over it for years.

12866a
12866

KA B 43 12866
Seen on ebay 09/2004